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Boat Royal Star
Date 11-26-2008
Name Dennis Williams
Comments The 381.1-pound yellowfin tuna brought in by Dennis Williams of Carlsbad the day before Thanksgiving has found a high place for itself on the top ten tuna list. Here?s how the revised list reads:

Top Ten Tuna
1. Mark Gasich, 399.6 pounds, Polaris Supreme, Clarion Island, November 15, 1992
2. Dave Manella, 395.4 pounds, Royal Polaris, Clarion Island, Feb 19, 1993
3. Curt Wiesenhutter, 388.75 pounds, Royal Polaris, San Benedicto Island, April 1, 1977
4. Dennis Williams, 381.1 pounds, Royal Star, Finger Bank, Baja, November 26, 2008
5. Al Herzog, 380 pounds, Qualifier 105, San Benedicto Island, January 11, 1981
6. Corky Yokoe, 376.38 pounds, Royal Polaris, Clarion Island, January 5, 1996
7. Joe Simmons, 370 pounds, Clarion Island, Qualifier 105, June 1989
8. Dick McKenzie, 364.8 pounds, Royal Polaris, Clarion Island, April 20, 1982
9. Dick Minor, 363.9 pounds, Polaris Supreme, Roca Partida, January 1993
10. Roger Hawtree, 361.9 pounds, Royal Polaris, Clarion Island, January 12, 1992

Previous no. 10:
Jim Nemlowill, 361.63 pounds, Red Rooster III, Socorro Island, December 6, 1981

*(John Carbone, Doc Ski and John Klein all pulled on a 377-pounder aboard Q-105 at Clarion Island December 14, 1991.)
Species Yellowfin Tuna
Boat Royal Polaris
Date 11-26-2008
Name Dennis Williams
Comments A very special fish came on one of those days, a potential new IGFA record for 130-pound line class. The giant yellowfin weighed in at 381.1 pounds, and co-owner Tim Ekstrom hung it both by the head and the tail on the certified scales at Fisherman?s Landing for the same numbers. That would seem to make the mark needed to set a new record over Corky Yokoe?s 376-pound, six-ounce fish caught in 1996, if it?s approved by the IGFA.

?I?ve been fishing for about ten years,?? said Williams, 49 and a Carlsbad Mercedes mechanic. ?I had no idea this would happen. My best before was about 120 pounds.

?I had a nice bait,?? he continues, ?and I saw him roll on it. The guy next to me said it was on his bait, but it was my light that went tight. He went out, down, and back and forth. It was very hot and humid, and he came up on the stern and I heard a deckhand say ?Oh, my God!? before they started putting a bunch of gaffs in it. I?m gonna sign up again for next year!??

Dennis Williams baited a sardine on a 9/0 Eagle Claw circle hook on 100-pound blue Izorline with 130-pound Line One Spectra backing. He used a Tiagra 50 LRS reel and a Calstar 760 M rod to beat the huge yellowfin in an hour and a half.

Asked about the gear and the event, skipper Toussaint said, ?It?s the most IGFA eligible fish I?ve seen.??
Species Yellowfin Tuna
Boat Royal Star
Date 11-28-2008
Name Dennis Williams
Comments A very special fish came on one of those days, a potential new IGFA record for 130-pound line class. The giant yellowfin weighed in at 381.1 pounds, and co-owner Tim Ekstrom hung it both by the head and the tail on the certified scales at Fisherman?s Landing for the same numbers. That would seem to make the mark needed to set a new record over Corky Yokoe?s 376-pound, six-ounce fish caught in 1996, if it?s approved by the IGFA.

?I?ve been fishing for about ten years,?? said Williams, 49 and a Carlsbad Mercedes mechanic. ?I had no idea this would happen. My best before was about 120 pounds.
Boat Royal Polaris
Date 11-26-2008
Name Joe Amagrande
Comments Joe Amagrande of Monrovia swept second and third places for his tuna of 80 and 57 pounds.
Species Yellowfin Tuna
Boat Royal Polaris
Date 11-26-2008
Name Dan Burns
Comments The best fish was a 122-pound tuna caught by Dan Burns of Las Vegas on a squid and the kite, with a Seeker 6463 XXH rod.

?After 30 minutes, we got him,?? said Burns. ?When he got 25 feet from the boat he got tangled. I?d like to thank Frank and his crew for helping me out of trouble, to get the fish.??
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